Eve, if you don't like Enbrel, then you are not required to take it. There are other medications that treat the inflammatory process of arthritis. A recent study has shown that Enrel does not prevent the formation of new bony growth and/or fusion. It does help significantly with the inflammation. Just one study, but a topic that needs to be followed.
I was diagnosed with AS when I was 2 years older than you. Often women are slower to develop the radiographic signs that lead to diagnosis. For years AS was thought of as a disease that primarily only affected men. Therefore women, their pain, and physical symptoms were dismissed for years.
I'm glad that you have a physician that you trust and like that appears to have excellent credentials. Just remember, every medical school class had someone that graduated last......my first GI appeared to be one of those...now he's my EX GI.
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